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A healing minister is a person who practices healing arts to facilitate spiritual growth and development in their clients and in their communities. A healing minister practices alternative healing arts, which may include, among others, laying on of hands, aroma therapy, and therapeutic touching. Work performed by healing ministers may include working with the dying, spiritual counseling, and rituals of ministry, such as marriages, christenings, and memorials, and more.
Healing ministers are typically ordained by a variety of private entities, which have varied standards and codes applicable to their duties. Healing ministers generally acknowledge and respect the fact that medical diagnosis is legally restricted to licensed healthcare practitioners. Each healing organization is responsible for any licensing of its ministers to perform healing services for which they are qualified and all other duties of the ministry allowed by local law. State and local laws governing practices of healing ministers vary, so laws in your area should be consulted for specific requirements.